Welcome!

This web site was founded in order to give some information about the little community of the Jewish ethnic group called the Nash Didan. The site presents a little history, a little of the food and customs. We are trying to collect and preserve the disappearing knowledge about the community’s heritage, and present some of the roots and the unique language of the Neo-Aramaic dialect.

We hope tp form an active community that will gather and share pictures and stories about the life in Urmi, Salmas, Baskale Gavur etc and stories about the Aliyah to Israel.

Michael Demirel is the editor of this new site, and the domain & storage made possible by the Demirel family. Feel free to contact us through the contact form in this site.

Kishmishyane – Nut and raisin cookies
Thanks to Shanie Reichman who sent me her grandmother’s recipe. This is a traditional Nashdidan cookie that everyone makes with similar ingredients but my grandmother...
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P’shala vegetable soup
Thanks to Shanie Reichman who sent me her great aunt's recipe. P’shala is a traditional, thick, winter vegetable soup. Accompanied by fresh rye bread, it...
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Zhargo (meat and potatoes)
Zhargo is also a traditional Nashdidan dish. As with most of the foods we ate, it was served over white rice. My grandmother never bought bags of potatoes.
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Vegetarian Tchechertma
Thanks to Shanie Reichman who sent me her grandmother’s recipe. Vegetarian Tchechertma/
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Chechertma With meat
Although this dish can be made vegetarian (recipe follows), the traditional Nashdidan version of Chechertma includes meat.
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Dairy Dolmat Mishcha
Dairy Dolmat Mishcha - Stuffed Grape Leaves With Yogurt Sauce. A traditional recipe by Zvia Levy, thanks to Shanie - her granddaughter
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P’shala vegetable soup
Thanks to Shanie Reichman who sent me her great aunt's recipe. P’shala...
More... "P’shala vegetable soup"
Zhargo (meat and potatoes)
Zhargo is also a traditional Nashdidan dish. As with most of the foods we ate, it was served over white rice. My grandmother never bought bags of potatoes.
More... "Zhargo (meat and potatoes)"
Vegetarian Tchechertma
Thanks to Shanie Reichman who sent me her grandmother’s recipe. Vegetarian Tchechertma/
More... "Vegetarian Tchechertma"
Chechertma With meat
Although this dish can be made vegetarian (recipe follows), the traditional Nashdidan version of Chechertma includes meat.
More... "Chechertma With meat"
Dairy Dolmat Mishcha
Dairy Dolmat Mishcha - Stuffed Grape Leaves With Yogurt Sauce. A traditional recipe by Zvia Levy, thanks to Shanie - her granddaughter
More... "Dairy Dolmat Mishcha"

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